Brian Batko covered Friday's game between Central Valley and Beaver.
(Photo: Central Valley wide receiver Cameron Drake hauls in a pass in the second quarter Friday against Beaver at Central Valley High School. Charlie Magovern/For the Post-Gazette)
"When he saw a gang of Carolina blue helmets converge on Darius Wise, Mark Lyons knew his defense had made the one final stop it needed. In just the nick of time.
Central Valley stopped the unstoppable do-it-all Beaver quarterback at the goal line, time expired and the Warriors eked out a 42-35 victory Friday night at home to hop into the driver's seat of Class 3A's rugged Beaver Valley Conference. There was no one hero on the deciding play — to the naked eye, it was simply a cluster of bodies piling up to make the winning stand of a back-and-forth clash.
"I hope it was, because that's what we preach," said Lyons, Central Valley's coach. "We want a lot of hats to the ball ... and I guess that epitomizes us a little bit, that last play where we ended up with everybody there."
Beaver ran the final play with about 20 seconds left, after the chains were moved when Wise picked up a first down at the Central Valley 1. Wise nearly scored on that play, a 3-yard run on fourth-and-1 from the 4, but only managed to keep the drive alive."